In retaliatory action, the Indian Army has killed seven Pakistani soldiers including a Major. India also claims to have injured four Pakistani soldiers when the Indian side retaliated to a ceasefire violation in Mendhar sector and destroyed a Pakistani post along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district.
“Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire along the LoC and resorted to shelling on forward posts in Jaglote belt in Mendhar sector early today”, a senior Army officer told PTI.
Indian troops guarding the LoC took positions and targeted the Pakistani post involved in the ceasefire violation in Kotli by retaliatory action of heavy shelling, he said.
The retaliation also comes after an Indian Army solider was killed in Pakistan firing along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district on Saturday last.
The action comes on a day when security forces foiled an infiltration bid near the Line of Control in Uri sector of Jammu and Kashmir, killing five Jaish-e-Mohammad militants.
In a stern message to Pakistan, Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat said the Army was ready to escalate military offensive against terror groups if needed.
“We will not let these anti-national elements to succeed at any cost. If we are forced, then we may escalate our military action and carry out (the) ‘other action’,” he said.
Addressing Army personnel on the occasion of Army Day, Gen Rawat also said that disputes along the Line of Actual Control with China continued and the Army was trying to stop the Chinese transgressions.
The General also said the Pakistani Army has been continuously trying to help terrorists sneak into India along Line of Control (LoC) in J&K.
“Terrorists and their handlers are creating various challenges within the country by adopting new tactics. “Targeting of Amarnath pilgrims, attacking policemen and Army personnel from Jammu and Kashmir, including murder of Lt Ummer Fayaz, were attempts to attack national unity and divide the society,” Rawat said.
He said the Army was working closely with other security forces to maintain pressure on terrorists.
Since the beginning of last year, the Army has pursued an aggressive anti-terror policy in Jammu and Kashmir and, at the same time, forcefully responded to all ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control.
(With inputs from agencies)